- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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LA PORTE, Texas -- La Porte (Texas) High School linebacker Hoza Scott hasn't been secretive about the school he likes the most and where his future lies. From the moment he stepped onto the Texas A&M campus in July for the Texas state 7-on-7 championships wearing an A&M snapback, the Aggies were the team to beat. He has been all but committed to Texas A&M for some time now.
On Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium the ESPN Watch List linebacker made it official, announcing his intentions to join the Aggies' 2014 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect is one of the most coveted 2014 prospects in Texas. In addition to Texas A&M, he held offers from Alabama, LSU and Texas. The Longhorns were his No. 2 with LSU as his No. 3 since this summer and that hasn't changed.
The letters come to La Porte's field house in droves and Scott now leaves every couple of days with shoeboxes full of letters from schools across the country, but his heart has been set on Texas A&M for awhile.
Recruited by Texas A&M recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney, Scott said he loves the atmosphere in College Station, Texas.
"They have the best community ever out there," he said after La Porte's season finale, a playoff loss to Katy (Texas) High School on Dec. 1. "And when I walk around there, everybody around there knows me. They say, 'Hey Hoza,' this and that. It makes me feel good. And it's close to home."
Scott, whose first name is pronounced like "Jose," said his relationship with McKinney was also a big reason for his comfort level. McKinney made an impression this season when showed up in a maroon helicopter, just the way McKinney and head coach Kevin Sumlin did for Ricky Seals-Jones, to watch Scott play against Houston North Shore on Nov. 2.
"[My relationship with him] has meant a lot," Scott said. "He's a real cool guy, he's chill, he knows how to make you laugh. He's just cool to be around."
He projects as an outside linebacker but said that the Aggies are open to the possibility of playing him inside linebacker.
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